Investigative Journalist Robert Lopez conducts Social Media Tools training with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Robert J. Lopez of the Los Angeles Times
gave a presentation for reporters, students and
citizen journalists in the Bahamas from
16 – 18, 2010
The presentation was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Nassau.
The Internet and social media platforms have
forever changed how news and information are delivered.
Professional reporters, along with legions of citizen journalists and
bloggers, are producing reports instantly via their blog pages and networks
such as Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube. This trend is being accelerated with the
growing use of a new generation of mobile devices such as android phones and
workshops explore the latest techniques to share
information and interact with viewers using software and tools that are free
and easy to use. Workshop participants learned about the ethical and legal
issues confronting journalists when publishing digital content. The workshops
also provided participants with an understanding of how to tell stories
with text, videos, photos and interactive maps. He even created a website with
simple “how to” lessons loaded with data from The Bahamas.
Participants walked away with basic flip cam skills, the tools to
create their own blog
, and links to citizen journalism
Investigative Journalist Robert Lopez conducts digital media training at the Bahamas National Trust with representatives from various non-governmental organizations.
Robert J. Lopez has combined an investigative
reporting background with digital media skills to produce powerful multimedia
projects for the Los Angeles Times. Lopez was part of a reporting team at The
Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
That 2005 series, documenting how an L.A. street gang became a transnational
criminal network, won an annual in-house editorial award for the best
multimedia project. The judges called it a “groundbreaking” effort.
Everyone can learn from Robert Lopez
virtually by accessing his “
Digital Reporting Made Easy
” website which is
tailored made for The Bahamas. You can find it at the following
Investigative Journalist Robert Lopez conducts digital media training with editors and reporters at The Tribune.
Investigative Journalist Robert Lopez conducts digital media training at The College of The Bahamas.